Author: Annika Burgess

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Connecting through the Rwanda E-learning Network

Ariane Umurerwa is in charge of course development at e-learning company Three Mountains. She’s excited to craft content that fits the Rwandan context, developing innovative yet simple and fun learning materials in Kinyarwanda. In this interview, Umurerwa discusses the actions and initiatives she pushes in her role as secretary of the Rwanda eLearning Network and what she’d like to share at eLearning Africa.    […]


Learning makes us

Learning isn’t a destination that can be reached or departed via the classroom door. It’s a never-ending road of discovery, challenge, inspiration, and wonder. For many people, learning is the route to a job to support their family, or to the skills that will help them progress in their career. For others, it’s simply a passion for exploration. Whether it’s at home, in the […]


eLearning Africa: An old Fox steals the Laurels from Silicon Valley

How much attention do the luminaries of Silicon Valley pay to Africa? The answer is, perhaps, more than they used to but still not enough. With the world’s youngest population and some of its fastest growing economies, the African continent should be a subject of obsessive fascination for anyone with an interest in technology. Yet, until recently, the attitude of many tech companies and […]


Germany highlights support for digital learning in Africa

Last week’s eLearning Africa conference concluded with a statement of German support for developing digital education in the continent. Guenter Nooke, a former member of the Bundestag, and Angela Merkel’s Special Representative for Africa spoke at the conference, which is Africa’s largest conference for technology assisted learning and training, to affirm and highlight Germany’s interest and support in expanding digital learning for the further […]


“A prudent optimist”: President Ameenah Gurum-Fakim

When Dutch sailors first landed in Mauritius in 1598, they discovered an island paradise rich in lush, tropical vegetation and with abundant supplies of fresh water. They also famously found the dodo, which has been described as a “feathered tortoise,” a bird so fat that it could not fly. It provided an easy target and a ready supply of meat for even the most […]

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Panel Talks Explore eLearning as a Tool to Secure Employability

Four comprehensive panel talks at this year’s eLearning Africa conference, taking place in Mauritius from September 27 to 29, will explore how technology enhanced learning can be used to develop useful and lifelong skills that are attractive to employers and reinforce learners’ employability. The thoughtfully devised sessions will examine how technology can be used across a wide range of education and training models to […]

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How to enable universal access to information

On the occasion of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), UNESCO will host one plenary and three panel sessions at eLearning Africa, each devoted to exploring aspects of the campaign to create universal access to information and knowledge. The development of the World Wide Web has opened up new horizons of opportunity for humanity, not the least in the fields of […]

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eLearning Africa: Discussion on the importance of context

Amid concern that, in the rush to embrace globalisation and the opportunities offered by new technologies, insufficient attention is being paid to local conditions and traditional African knowledge, Hon. Yogida Sawmynaden and Hon. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun will join international experts at eLearning Africa to stress the importance of context in African education. The Mauritian Minister of ICT, Hon. Yogida Sawmynaden, and Minister of Education […]

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The African view of Silicon Valley

  We hear a great deal about imaginative new schemes, often championed by Europeans or Americans, that promise to transform the lives of Africans. The education sector is no stranger to them. Often they are well intentioned and achieve spectacular results; sometimes they are the opposite. But what do Africans think about them? In a special debate at this year’s eLearning Africa conference, we will […]

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Ministers make for Mauritius

African Education and ICT ministers will be heading for Mauritius at the end of September for eLearning Africa, the continent’s largest conference on technology-assisted learning and training. The ministers will take part in the annual Ministerial Round Table at the conference and the agenda for the event shows that there is likely to be a lively discussion about fundamental issues affecting the future of […]